CBB Review hands out awards for each conference tournament in 2022. Up next: The Big South Tournament.
If there is any tournament that encapsulated the beauty of March Madness, it’s the Big South. In the first five games, every game resulted in either overtime or a buzzer-beater. In the end, the top two seeds, Winthrop and Longwood battled it out, and Longwood won it to go dancing for the first time in program history.
This one wasn’t close from the start with Longwood jumping out to around a 20 point lead and holding strong the whole game. They finish conference play with just one loss, which is extremely impressive and well-deserving of a spot.
CBB Review All-Big South Tournament Honorable Mentions
Taje Kelly, Charleston Southern- 15.5 PPG, 7 RPG (2 games)
Deontaye Buskey, Charleston Southern- 16 PPG, 8 RPG, 4 APG (2 games)
John Michael Wright, High Point- 17 PPG, 6 RPG. 2.5 APG (2 games)
Cory Hightower, Winthrop- 14.3 PPG, 5 RPG, 1 BPG (3 games)
Jordan Whitfield, Campbell- 18 PPG, 3 RPG (2 games)
CBB Review All-Big South Tournament First Team
Justin Hill, Longwood- 17 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1 SPG (3 games)
Isaiah Wilkins, Longwood- 15.7 PPG, 9 RPG, 1.3 SPG (3 games)
Bryson Mozone, USC Upstate- 18 PPG, 7 RPG (2 games)
Jaden House, High Point- 19.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG (2 games)
- Marcus Watson, NC A&T- 22.5 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG (2 games)
CBB Review MVC Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Justin Hill, Longwood
Hill did exactly what needed to be done in this tournament, whether that was scoring the ball, rebounding, or finding open teammates. He was consistent in all three games and was clearly the best player on the court.
Having a true leader on the court is one of the keys to winning in March, and if Hill plays like he did this tournament, good things will come their way.
Longwood’s NCAA Tournament Prediction
Round of 64
While it would be incredible to see this team win a game, realistically that won’t be the case. A big reason why will be their seeding. In many bracketologies, they are seeded as a 15 seed despite their impressive conference record.
It is extremely difficult to win as a 15, even though it happened last year, and even as a 14 seed it’s no easy feat. They also lost to Georgetown by 8 this year, who just went 0-19 in conference play. Still, we know this Longwood team finds ways to win, and in March that’s all that matters.